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CLUBS & SOCIETIES CROWN CHURCH MENS CLUB Call 237768 or email com CROY & CULLODEN MOOR SENIOR CITIZENS' LUNCH CLUB Alternate Wed 1 - 3pm, Church Hall, Croy, £3 for 2 course meal & afternoon tea. Dominoes, jigsaws and other activities CULLODEN FENCING CLUB Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm during term time at Culloden Academy Community Centre. Call 792794 DINGWALL FRISBEE CLUB Sundays 3-4pm at Dingwall Leisure Centre. Call Luke 07970 597770 or FAMILY FIRST Offers a support service to families with at least one child 03 yrs old. Tel: 703033 or email: HIGHLAND SCHOOLS GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION To promote participation in the sport of gymnastics within schools across the Highlands.

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FRIENDS OF THE BIRNIE PLAYGROUP Wednesdays 9:30am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 2:30pm in the playroom at The Birnie Centre, Raigmore Hospital. For children with additional needs & their families and carers. Call Anne on 07542712381 for more info. FITNESS FRENZY Fitness sessions Thursday lunchtimes at the palace hotel. Visit FORTROSE SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE GROUP Mondays 7.30 -10pm, Gordon Memorial Hall, Rosemarkie. Fun and exercise, with tuition. We welcome beginners or experienced dancers. Contact Susan on 01381 621309 or email HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS AUTISM SOCIETY Support group. Last Wednesday of the month in MacKenzie Centre, Culduthel Road, Inverness at 7.30pm. All welcome. HIGHLAND SPIRITUAL CINEMA Meets last Wednesday each month at Highland Rail House, Inverness. Film group screening uplifting & inspiring films. Members can also use our postal service to borrow films for home viewing. For details call 01463 237452 or visit INVERNESS RADIO VOLUNTEERS Do you have spare time at the weekend and have the use of a car? Then the IRV would like to hear from you as we are looking for more volunteers. For more information contact 794984 or visit www.inverness INVERNESS RADIO CLUB Contact Mr Norman Baird, tel: 242841 INVERNESS ROWING CLUB On the Caledonian Canal 5 mins drive from the centre of Inverness, Sundays 10:30am

INVERNESS SWIMMING CLUB We are a competitive club. Club night is Wednesday from 6.15pm, but training sessions are throughout the week. Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane. THE NESS BRIDGE CLUB Visitors & beginners welcome. Located above the Cale Social Club, Greig Street, Inverness. Contact: Don 01463 232976 or Laura 07808 107130. TORCH (FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED) Meet at the Kingsview Christian Centre at 2pm on the last Saturday of the month. Contact Clark Walls: 01463 221597. NORTHERN COUNTIES CRICKET CLUB Providing cricketing opportunities to all members of the local community. Tel: Hamish Christie on 239894 or 07761 119604 NORTH KESSOCK BOWLING CLUB For more information about Indoor bowling call 01463 793502 and for Outdoor bowling call 01463 731052. PERFECTING LAW OF ATTRACTION CLASSES Teaching motivational self help for you to become all you can be, " the mind body matter conection". At Millburn Academy every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm. Rolling eight week programme. £5 per week. For info and booking, text 07826543001, or go on PET FOSTERING SCOTLAND Supporting pet owners in an emergency situation. Volunteers care for your pet in their own homes for short periods. Reg. charity SCO15672. Volunteers needed. Tel: 0844 811 9909

INVERNESS CHESS CLUB Wednesday, 7pm - 10:30pm, Chieftain Hotel, Inverness. Provides coaching and games for all ages & standards, juniors welcome. invernesschessclub INVERNESS CLASSIC JAZZ SOCIETY For details call 01463 223857 or visit jazzitoria/home.htm INVERNESS FLORAL ART CLUB Once a month enjoy a floral art demonstration by trained demostrators from all over the country. New members and visitors are welcome. Contact: Mary 224828 or Ann 238605. INVERNESS & DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY CLUB Meet Tuesday evenings in Inverness to promote model railways. New members always welcome. Contact Gerry Parks for details on 07801 593637. LOCH ACHONACHIE ANGLING CLUB Trout, Sea Trout & Salmon fishing on the Upper Conon & Blackwater rivers, Lochs Achonachie, Meig & Scardroy. LEACHKIN ANGLING CLUB For details call 223621 or email: PLEASE NOTE: Details of Clubs & Societies are published on a rotational basis.

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INVERNESS CATHEDRAL SOCIETY OF BELL RINGERS Thursdays 7.30pm - 9pm. Anyone can be a bell ringer! We ring for Sunday services, weddings and other special occasions. Tel: 01381 610411 or email

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Ardersier Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 462658 Beauly Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 782930 Black Isle Leisure Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01381 621252 Bus Station, Inverness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 239292 Citizens Advice Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08444 994111 Cromarty Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01381 600318 Culloden Academy Community Complex . . . . . 01463 792794 Culloden Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 792531 Dalcross Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01667 464000 Fortrose Community Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01381 622235 Highland Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01349 886606 Inshes Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 725928 Inverness Leisure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 667500 Inverness Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 236463 National Rail Enquires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08457 484950 Police Station. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Floral Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 713553 Kiltarlity Community Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 741447 Kirkhill Community Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 831737 Merkinch Community Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 239563 Phipps Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 782930 Smithton-Culloden Youth Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 793284 The Green Hall, Smithton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 07977 852083 Spectrum Centre & Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 221842 Stratherrick Public Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01456 486350 Strathnairn Hall (Daviot) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 772228

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Crown Vets (Argyle St) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 237000 Crown Vets (Carsegate Rd Sth) . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 712202 Culloden Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 793700 Eastgate Veterinary Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 230893 Fish Vet Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 717774 Inshes Veterinary Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 711777 Kessock Equine Veterinary Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 731107 Moray Coast Vet Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01463 794224


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This week I went ice climbing with James Bond! To open the new ice climbing facility at `Xscape, Braehead, the ‘Snow Factor’, Britain's largest indoor real snow centre, I attended and, with crampons and ice axe, climbed up the minus 8C wall with the Daniel Craig look alike, who was amiably pointing his revolver at me as we both hung off the vertical face. Bit of a change from Holyrood! Actually the Snow Factor, along with the other central belt snow starter facilities at Bearsden, Bellahouston, and Hillend in Edinburgh constitute a great opportunity for the real ski centres - in Glencoe, Nevis Range, Cairngorm, the Lecht and Glenshee. For children can try out skiing, snowboarding , and now ice climbing, in the safe surroundings of these facilities, and get the taste of the huge exhilaration and enjoyment that snow sports can bring. That first taste whets the appetite for the real McCoy. Therefore I hope that we can do more to help young people in even greater numbers learn the basics and then find for themselves the unforgettable experience of Scotlands high mountains in winter.

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When these summer months are upon us and the sun is shining we all think of holidays and time off to relax and enjoy ourselves. Perhaps warm summer days remind us of childhood holidays of the past; of trips to the seaside with picnics and sandcastles and games on the beach played with family and friends. Maybe rounders or cricket played with a mouldy tennis ball and a home-made bat and the dog determined to join in! All good fun and not too many rules, at least, none that couldn’t be bent by a pleading appeal of “give us another chance”. Especially when the bowl is missed or the ball is caught too soon!

Jesus was a great one for offering “another chance”. Numbered among his friends were people like Matthew and Zacchaeus, tax-collectors who were not known for their honesty, sinners and people like Mary

Magdalene who were on the fringes of that society and none too perfect. People who needed another chance from someone who would listen to them, forgive them and help them to forgive themselves.

When one of Jesus friends asked him “Lord, if my brother or sister keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive them? (Matt 18:21) He replied, “Not seven times, but seventy times because this is what the Kingdom of heaven is like”. He then went on to tell them a series of short stories or parables to show them the generosity of God who would care for them when they were feeling vulnerable or isolated or frightened, or who were just struggling with life and in need of a helping hand. And when Jesus says “seventy times seven”, he’s not meaning a literal

Ardersier with Petty Parish Church, Church of Scotland Ardersier Sundays 10.15am. Petty Sundays 12 noon. Tel: 01667 462224. Avoch Congregational Church High Street, Avoch. Sundays 11.30am. Refreshments afterwards. Black Isle Charge Episcopal Churches 1 Deans Road, Fortrose. Tel: 01381 622241. Cale House, Church of Scotland Millburn Road, Inverness. Tel: 01463 718616. Christian Group in Inverness Call 07724 992790 or visit CityLife Church Mercure Hotel, Church Street, Inverness. Sundays 10:30am. Tel: 01463 714839. Email: Website: Culduthel Christian Centre Culduthel Avenue, IV2 6AS. Sunday family service at 11am and evening service at 6pm. Phone 01463 222795. Minister: Rev Bill Slack. All welcome. Culloden Baptist Church Culloden Academy. Sundays 10.30am. Tel: 01463 794005. Email: Website: Barn Church of Scotland Culloden. Sundays 10.30am. First and third Sundays of the month 6.30pm service. Croy & Dalcross Parish Church Church of Scotland Croy Village. Every Sunday 12noon. Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland St Mary’s Avenue, Inverness. Bona Church, Lochend by Inverness: 10am. Dalneigh Church, St Mary’s Avenue, Inverness: 11.30am and 6.30pm. Tel: 01463 232439. Dingwall Baptist Church Tulloch Street, Dingwall. Dingwall Castle Street Church of Scotland

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number, it’s just his way of saying that God’s second chances are endless. There are always opportunities to say “sorry!” to try again, and those opportunities are not just there for those who think they are OK with God but for all of us. One thing is for certain that such is God’s love and forgiveness for us that when we plead “give us another chance”, the answer will always be filled with warmth, reassurance and love.

Rev Canon Alison Simpson St Columba, Nairn

Dingwall Catholic Church, St Lawrence 21 Castle Street, Dingwall. Tel: 01349 863143. Dingwall Episcopal Church, St James The Great Castle Street, Dingwall. Tel: 01349 862204. Website: Dingwall Free Church High Street. Sundays 11am and 6pm. Website: Dores Fcc Reformed Church, Psalm Singing - New Building On The B862 Towards Fort William, near village centre. Sundays 11am (With Children's Program) & 6.30pm, Wednesdays 7.30pm. 01463 709729 - Email: - All Welcome - Translation Provided In Italian, French, Spanish. Ferintosh and Resolis Free Church Rev. Chris Smart. Website: Free North Church Bank Street, Inverness. Tel: 01463 224332. Website: Fortrose Free Church, 5 Church Street, Fortrose, IV10 8TE. Sunday: 11.30am and 6pm. Website: Grace Community Church Inshes Primary School. Sundays 10.30am. Email: Highland International Church Palace Hotel, 8 Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NG. Sundays 11am. Hilton, Church of Scotland Tomatin Road, Inverness. Tel: 01463 233310. Website: Listed alphabetically from A to H and regularly rotated. If you are a member of a church not listed here and would like to be considered for inclusion or if there are any amendments to be made to existing details, email

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Rolling Event July - September mixed summer show mon - sat, 9am - 5pm, castle gallery, 43 castle street, inverness. call 01463 729512 or visit for details


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27 thursday “collecting george bain: the groam house museum collecting cultures project” 7:30pm, fortrose community theatre. a talk by dr eric grant, norman newton and wendy sanders. admission £4 / members £2. for details call 01381 621252 headway highland social night 7pm - 9pm at inshes church. if you have suffered a brain inury or are a carer or family member come along for a chat. for more details contact 07767 416006 souledout! ecstatic dance for mind, body, spirit 7:45pm. £3. text/call: 07745 930383. after-school orienteering taster 4pm - 6:30pm, roseisle forest. a repeat of last week's beginner-level event ideal for anyone thinking of taking part in the big 6-day festival at the end of july. for details visit

JULY EVENTS 5th Swing Big Band Night ..................................7.30pm 17th Crossroads Strawberry Tea............2.00pm-4.00pm 26th Cinema Nairn “Ring of Bright Water” (U) 6.00pm 26th Gilded Balloon Comedy night – A first for Nairn! More details to follow! Doors open ...........8.15pm 27th The Temperance Seven –Trad Jazz ............7.30pm For further details, telephone 01667 453476, e-mail or check out our website at

28 friday scottish chamber orchestra 8pm. strathpeffer pavilion. tickets from june’s card shop in dingwall & pavilion 01997 420124. & luke from channel 4’s ‘undateables’ @ ironworks 8pm. 16+ 0871 7894173. cinema nairn presents 'a small act' (12a) 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. tickets at door. call 01667 453476 or visit after-school orienteering taster 4pm - 6:30pm, culbin forest. a repeat of last week's beginner-level event ideal for anyone thinking of taking part in the big 6-day festival at the end of july. for details visit inverness ranger walk - babes on the moor, kingussie 7pm 10pm. meeting place given out on booking. grade a. adults £5, conc £3. an opportunity to see this year's red deer calves as they are led to low ground with their mothers. refreshments available. booking essential. please book by 4pm 27 duncan macdonald on 01479 873706 or email

29 saturday armed forces day event starting from the eastgate centre parading through the city centre to the northern meeting park. there will be a drumhead service followed by an afternoon of entertainment.

ironworks summer dj showcase @ ironworks 8pm. 18+. standing. 0871 7894173. family fun day 12pm - 4pm, resolis memorial hall, black isle. fancy dress competition, bbq, stalls, teas, ice cream, face painting, bouncy castles & more. great glen walking club carn na caim & a'bhuidheanach (drumochter / dalwhinnie munros). 12 miles. meet 9am highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further information.

29 saturday - 30 sunday scotland's gardens - cuddy's well, clephanton 12:30pm 8:30pm.

30 sunday inverness ramblers ben aigan near rothes (south of elgin). 9 miles. meet 0900 hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further info. inverness ranger walk - dunes in nairn 2pm - 4pm. meet at the nairn east beach car park. adults £5, conc £3. explore the sand dunes around nairn east beach and see what wildlife is to be found there. contact john orr on 01463 255291 or email

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2 tuesday inverness ranger walk - go fly a kite! nairn beach 2pm - 4pm. meet at the nairn central beach car park. adults £5, conc £3. make your own kite from bits & bobs and fly it on nairn links - weather permitting. contact john orr on 01463 255291 or email

3 wednesday inverness ranger walk - natural navigation 2pm - 4pm. meet at grantown-on-spey caravan site car park. adults £5, conc £3. can you find your way home without a map? come along and learn some new & very old skills! call saranne bish on 01479 873914 or email

4 thursday ironworks summer showcase 1 feat. searching for donkeys, dylan tierney & ashley & the cosmonauts 7pm. 14+. 0871

5 friday the international british masters heavyweight boxing championship featuring gary 'the highlander' cornish vs paul butlin @ ironworks 7pm. 16+. reserved table seating. 0871 7894173. inverness ranger walk - orchids galore, newtonmore 6pm 9:30pm. meet outside wildcat centre, main street, newtonmore. adults £5, conc £3. a stroll around part of the wildcat trail in search of orchids and other wildflowers. call duncan macdonald on 01479 873706 / swing big band night 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 for details or visit

5 friday - 7 sunday burgie international horse trials 9am - 5pm. burgie house, by forres. 01343 850128.

6 saturday glengarry highland games 1pm - 5pm. glengarry shinty field, invergarry, inverness-shire. inverness ramblers : walk 1 coire na loch toll a’ mhuic circuit. 9 miles. meet 0830 hrs highland council car park. walk 2 oich bridge - fort augustus (bus). 10 miles. meet 0845 hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further info.

7 sunday bl’azz presents 'the north coast jazz band' @ eden court 2:30pm - 5pm, maclean room. tickets £8 from eden court box office or contact 01463 234234. great glen walking club eag a' chait & chalamain gap, cairngorm. 6 miles. meet 9am highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for information.

9 tuesday inverness ranger walk - here be dragons! tradespark woods, nairn 2pm - 4pm. meeting place given out on booking. adults £5, conc £3. do dragons really exist? be brave and join the dragon walk. suitable for children aged 4-10 years. booking essential by 5pm on monday 8th july. contact john orr on 01463 255291 or email

11 thursday “iain mccormick of iona and paisley: his celtic art archive at page 12 - July 2013

groam house museum” 7:30pm, fortrose community theatre. a talk by e. mairi macarthur, author of iona celtic art. admission £4 / members £2. for details call 01381 621252 ironworks summer showcase 2 feat. neon knights, devils queen & more 7pm. 14+. 0871 7894173. inverness ranger walk -minibeast mania - ardersier! 2pm 4pm. meet at ardersier common picnic site car park. adults £5, conc £3. a mass minibeast hunt - find out more about the little creatures that live in the nooks & crannies of the common. call john orr 01463 255291 /

11 thursday - 14 sunday scottish open witness top level golf with panoramic coastal views and the opportunity to spot resident dolphins.

12 friday inverness ranger walk - gruffalo at school wood, farr 2pm 3:30pm. meet at school wood, farr, south of inverness. £3 per child. oh help, oh no - it's the gruffalo! come and see if you can find him. aimed at families with younger children. call katy martin on 01463 255291 /

13 saturday the western front association: “fishermen against the kaiser” by douglas d’enno 2:30pm. elgin library. 01343 870562. great glen walking club strath nethy circuit. 17 miles. meet 8am highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for more information.

13 saturday - 14 sunday arts, crafts & food fair by exclusively highlands 10am - 5pm at bishop's palace, eden court theatre free admission. call 01463 250127 for details or visit

14 sunday scotland's garden scheme: bent's green garden 2pm - 8pm, 10 pilmuir road west, forres. well stocked plant stall. admission £3 - for scotland's gardens & macmillan nurses. for details visit also by arrangement for individuals or groups from 1 july - 30 august. call 01309 674634 or email inverness ramblers : walk 1 majestic loch migdale sutherland. 8 miles. meet 0900 hrs highland council car park. walk 2 gallowhill to redcastle and sea road to craigrory. 8 miles. meet 1000 hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further info.

16 tuesday highland literary salon 7:30pm. glenmhor hotel, inverness. inverness ranger walk - rockpool ramble - nairn beach 10am - 12pm. meet outside nairn swimming pool, nairn. £3 per child. discover the diverse life of rockpools and create some beach art on this fun, family event. contact john orr on 01463 255291 or email

17 wednesday social diners - why eat alone? 7pm for 7:30pm dining at coul house hotel, contin, strathpeffer. for information and to book call gill on 01349 877061 inverness ranger walk - here be dragons - grantown 2pm 4pm. meeting place given out at time of booking. adults £5, concs £3. do dragons really exist? be brave and join the dragon walk. suitable for children aged 4-10 years. booking

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essential by 5pm, tues, 16 july. contact saranne bish on 01479 873914 or email crossroads strawberry tea 2pm - 4pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 for details or visit

kincraig to kingussie exploring the natural and social history on our way. joint event with rspb futurescapes. limited spaces so booking essential. contact duncan macdonald on 01479 873706 or

18 thursday

inverness ranger walk - winnie the pooh 2pm - 4pm. meet at the cover, drumnadrochit. fun and games with winnie the pooh and friends. £3 per child. contact corinne mccallum on 01463 255291 or email

ironworks summer showcase 3 feat. the ragazzi, nicky murray & more 7pm. 14+. 0871 7894173.

19 friday highland seashore project roadshow 11am - 4pm, central beach, nairn. discover what lives on the beach & how animals, birds & plants survive there. there will be games, art on the beach, stories and exploring. visit or call 01463 255291 for more information. inverness ranger walk - screaming swifts 7:30pm - 9:30pm. meet outside wildcat centre, main street, newtonmore. adults £3, concs £2. learn more about while we look for & record nest sites. contact duncan macdonald on 01479 873706 or email

20 saturday inverness highland games 2013 10am - 6pm. open air performance of ‘treasure island’ 6pm, cawdor castle. a swashbuckling family musical. adults £15 / cons £10 / family £45. to book call 01667 404401or email cake walk with story 10am, highland council, glenurquhart road. wildcat trail, newtonmore. details & a lift call 07724 992790

24 wednesday

25 thursday summer showcase 3.5 feat. city in surveillance + more @ ironworks 7pm. 14+. 0871 7894173. inverness ranger walk - den building at farr 2pm - 4pm. meeting place give out on booking. try your hand at building a shelter and learn the principles of staying warm and dry outdoors. adults £5, conc £3. contact katy martin on 01463 255291 or email

26 friday cinema nairn –“ring of bright water” (u) 6pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 for details or visit gilded balloon comedy night – a first for nairn! doors open 8:15pm at nairn community & arts centre. call 01667 453476 /

27 saturday music nairn presents ‘the temperance seven’ 7.30pm, nairn community & arts centre. traditional jazz & humour for a summer evening. 01667 453476 great glen walking club lochan na h-earba circuit. 13 miles. meet 9am highland council car park. call 01463 236204 for more details.

27 July - 3 August evening entertainment @ brodie castle throughout the week, including an outdoor ceilidh and brodie’s got talent. please call 0844 493 2156 for program of events.

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21 sunday great glen walking club dalmagarry (sw of moy) to farr wind farm near carn na h-easgainn. 11.5 miles. meet 9am highland council car park. 01463 236204

23 tuesday highland literary salon 7:30pm in the glenmhor hotel, inverness. guest speaker: allan guthrie. visit for more details. inverness ranger walk - journey through badenoch, kincraig 9:30am - 3:30pm. meeting place given out on booking. adults £5, concs £3. following the badenoch way from

bl’azz presents 'wolftrain' @ eden court 2:30pm - 5pm, maclean room. tickets £8 from eden court box office or contact 01463 234234. nairn pipe band @ brodie castle 3.00pm. donations to pipe band. romeo and juliet outdoor theatre @ brodie castle 7:00pm. adult £12 / child £8 / concs £10. for more information and booking please call 0844 493 2156 or visit booking is essential. inverness ramblers cul mor from knockan crag. 7 miles. meet 0800 hrs highland council car park. contact 01463 236204 for further info. inverness ranger walk - top dogs day out, glenmore 12pm 4pm. meet at the hay field, glenmore, near aviemore. dog agility courses, displays, quizzes & all sorts of doggy craziness! register your dog on the day (first come first served basis), or come & watch the fun. £5 per dog. contact saranne bish on 01479 873914 or email

31 July - 3 August nairn drama club presents “calendar girls”. 7:30pm, the little theatre, king street, nairn. tickets £10, no concessions. visit

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Christ for Me Let others build their hopes of eternal happiness upon whatever foundation they please; my choice is made – it is CHRIST FOR ME. Some are resting upon their blameless character, or upon their exemplary manner of life. Others are trusting the Church and its ordinances – membership, baptism, communion, long service, or official position. I dare not build upon anything that I have done, nor on anything a fellow-sinner might do for me. My only hope is the perfect sinless work of a perfect sinless Saviour: it is CHRIST FOR ME. My nature is corrupt (Psalm 51:5 , Ephesians 2:1-3). My best is stained with sin (Isaiah 64:6 , Romans 3:23). I need a new heart, a new birth, a new life, if I am ever to enter heaven (John 3:3 , 1 Peter 1: 3&4). The work of my salvation required the Son of God, Himself God (John 1:1&2, Colossians 2:9); to take to Himself sinless manhood (John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-8), in order to die for my sins upon the cross of Calvary (Isaiah 53:5&6, 1 Peter 3:18). Only by this means could I be redeemed from the power and penalty

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Nairnshire Farming Society Nairn Show 2013 The Nairnshire Farming Society is holding its’ 215th Annual Show on Saturday the 27th of July at Kinnudie Farm Auldearn.

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vintage tractors and machinery, a range of catering facilities and

Main Ring entertainment will include the Jez Avery Stunt Display Team, The Drakes of Hazard, Forres and District Pipe Band,

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Vintage Tractor Parade, Livestock Parades and Children’s

are held at ÂŁ10 per Adult, ÂŁ5 per concession and secondary

races. Highland Dancers, Forres Accordion and Fiddle Club

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and Forres Pipers will entertain in a new covered food court

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the society to make donations to local clubs and charities. Visitors will also be treated to a varied line up of trade stands both on the field and under canvas in the Food and Craft Fairs which will offer all kinds of merchandise including local produce, fancy goods as well as the very latest cars and agricultural machinery. The Food Fair will again include

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